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Baltimore Orioles rumors: Team still looking for outfield depth

Since the departure of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis at the beginning of December, the Baltimore Orioles have been in search of outfield depth. Despite their being connected to many free agent outfielders, the team has yet to sign anyone who could come close to producing the way Cruz and Markakis did for the 2014 AL East champions. The Orioles were previously rumored to be interested...
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Orioles bring back Steve Johnson on minor-league deal

The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement with right-handed reliever Steve Johnson on a minor-league deal, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN. Kubatko also reported that the deal includes an invitation to big league spring training. #orioles have reached agreement with RHP Steve Johnson on minor league deal with spring invite. Baltimore native staying home — Roch Kubatko...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Orioles Prospects by Projected WAR

Yesterday afternoon, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Baltimore Orioles. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Baltimore’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Orioles system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Forty-year-old grandfather Mark Hendrickson seeks one more shot with Orioles

Mark Hendrickson is a 6-foot-9 former NBA player who has had scant success in his major league career. The now 40-year-old Hendrickson recently became a grandfather but has not given up on the hope of calling himself a major league baseball player once again. Early during Buck Showalter’s time as the Orioles manager Hendrickson received an invitation to Spring Training. From her...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

O's agree to $12 million deal with Davis, $8.275 million for Wieters

BALTIMORE -- First baseman Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles reached agreement Friday on a $12 million contract for next season and catcher Matt Wieters got a one-year deal for $8,275,000. Right-handed pitcher Chris Tillman and left-hander Brian Matusz also settled before going to arbitration. Six Orioles did not sign before the deadline for exchanging figures. Davis, who led...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles reach deals with Matt Wieters and Chris Davis

The Orioles have avoided arbitration with catcher Matt Wieters and first baseman Chris Davis. Wieters, 28, will earn $8.3 million during the 2015 season before hitting free agency. The Orioles have held out hope that they can reach a long term deal with him but the two sides are still quite away from a deal after Wieters missed most of 2014 while undergoing Tommy John surgery. Wieters...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Duquette Wants The Toronto Blue Jays; Jays Want Duquette

Dan Duquette could be on his way to the Toronto Blue Jays There has been much speculation lately that a trade will occur which would send Baltimore Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette to the Toronto Blue Jays to become the team’s CEO. Duquette would replace current CEO and President Paul Beeston, who has been with the team in two separate stints. Duquette has been the Orioles...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: Questions surround Duquette’s possible departure

Since being hired as General Manager in November 2011, Dan Duquette has been heralded as a key factor in the recent success of the Baltimore Orioles. The team has made the playoffs in two of his three seasons at the helm, in large part due to his keen eye for talent. Despite skepticism from fans and pundits alike at the time of his hiring, Duquette’s ability to find undervalued...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Purchase First Baseman Casey Haerther From Indy Ball

The Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association announced on Thursday that they have sold the contract of first baseman Casey Haerther to the Baltimore Orioles. Haerther becomes the 64th player in Goldeyes history to have his contract purchased by a Major League Baseball organization. He is also the first Goldeyes player to have his contract purchased by the Orioles since right...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles’ Manny Machado feels “Great” & in Good Spirits; Reports Early

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is one of the bright young stars in this game but has yet to play a full MLB season. His last two seasons have ended earlier than anyone would have wanted due to him suffering knee injuries. Machado has reported to Orioles’ mini-camps this past week to test some waters and see where he stands. “I feel great,” Machado said. ...
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles Manny Machado makes strides towards 2015

It seems like the Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado has been around for at least 5 years.  Note, despite an All-Star appearance, a Gold Glove, and a Top 10 AL MVP finish, he is only 22 (and missed most of last season).  The defending American League East Champions will need his big bat in order to repeat in 2015, and things are looking good.  Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun...
Via Reading Between The Seams
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles' Manny Machado ready for spring training after knee surgery

  After his second knee operation in a less than year, Manny Machado thinks he'll be ready to play when the Baltimore Orioles start spring training next month. The dynamic 22-year-old third baseman participated in batting practice and running drills Wednesday at the team's spring training headquarters during the final session of the Orioles' three-day minicamp. "My goal was just...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Johan Santana Begins Comeback Attempt

Armed with two Cy Young Awards, a six-year stretch that rivaled some of the best peaks of the last 20 years and a new six-year, $137.5 million contract, it wasn’t that long ago that Johan Santana was on top of the baseball world. And then, well, and then dude starting falling apart. Call it bad luck. Call it what you will. But for three straight years (2008-2010), the lefty finished...
Via Hall of Very Good
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-NBA player, now a grandpa, has tryout with O's

In a quintessentially inspirational example of an athlete refusing to give up on his dreams, Mark Hendrickson is attending a Baltimore Orioles minicamp this week in the hopes of resuming his Major League Baseball pitching career. Hendrickson, 40, may be getting up there in years — as evidenced by the fact that he became a...Read More The post Ex-NBAer and former MLB player who...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles, RHP Tommy Hunter agree on one-year, $4.65M contract

  Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter has agreed to a $4.65 million, one-year contract with the club. Hunter began last season as Baltimore's closer, but the right-hander faltered and was replaced by Zach Britton. Hunter regrouped and played a key role as a late-inning specialist for the AL East champions. Hunter went 3-2 with 11 saves in 17 tries in 2014. He had a 2.97 ERA over 60 2...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles Top 20 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training is fast approaching us once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to craze over prospect rankings for another year. Based primarily on potential and stats, below is our list of the Baltimore Orioles top 20 prospects for 2015. 1. Dylan Bundy RHP: A unanimous choice at number one, Dylan Bundy will be at the top of everyone...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Lavarnway's Bizarre Odyssey Continues

Lavarnway's JourneyRyan Lavarnway must view a major league uniform the way he used view New England weather: if you don't like it, wait a minute. The former Red Sox catcher has now been released by four teams since November. On Friday, he was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles to continue his insane trek through the rosters of the MLB. Since around Thanksgiving, he...
Via FenwayNation
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Sign Delmon Young, DFA Former Red Sox Catcher Ryan Lavarnway

BALTIMORE — Outfielder Delmon Young has finalized a $2.25 million, one-year contract to play a second season with the Baltimore Orioles. In his debut with the Orioles in 2014, Young batted .302 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 83 games. He was most productive as a pinch hitter, going 10 for 20. Young saved his biggest hit for the postseason, driving in...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #145: Chris Tillman | SP | BAL

Chris Tillman is an uninspiring fantasy player that you usually settle on rather than covet on draft day. In 2015, some might expect a breakout from Tillman for a variety of reasons: He’s going into his age 27-season This will be his third full season in the majors He had a truly stunning second half last year In fact, take out the month of May and Tillman was damn good the...
Via Baseball Professor
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Meek: Guitar Hero

A lot of professional baseball players – especially pitchers – play the guitar. Evan Meek is among the best of them. The 31-year-old right-handed reliever takes music nearly as seriously as he does pitching. He’s been playing for two decades and composes his own songs. Meek, who has a 3.63 ERA over 179 career outings, […]
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Baltimore Orioles miss out on Hall of Fame nod

For the first time since 1955, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected four players to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This year’s selections—Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio—combine for 9 Cy Young Awards, 4 Gold Glove Awards, 3 World Series championships, and 33 All-Star Game appearances. Two former Baltimore Orioles were on this...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Cespedes To Orioles For SP Wei-Yin Chen?

(USATSI)'s Rob Bradford is reporting that the Baltimore Orioles have interest in a trade for OF Yoenis Cespedes. While it's all speculation at this point, the player returning to Boston could be starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. Both players are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season—making it a fairly balanced swap. The Orioles are in serious need of offense—having...
Via FenwayNation
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves continue to baffle, sign Nick Markakis for four years

I don’t know what the Atlanta Braves are doing this winter. They just signed former Oriole Nick Markakis to a four-year deal worth $44 million. Source: OF Nick Markakis agrees to four-year deal with Atlanta Braves. Dollars unclear, but sides discussed a deal in neighborhood of $44M. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2014   When people hear the name “Nick Markakis”...
Via The Outside Corner
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves cause head scratching with Nick Markakis signing

Over the last few days, rumors circulated that the Braves were pushing hard to sign Nick Markakis, so this morning, Mike Petriello wrote up a piece on Markakis’ value, questioning just MLB teams see in him that we don’t see. He didn’t find an answer, and besides durability, I don’t really have one either, but […]
Via Fangraphs
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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